Nominations will be due for the September 16, 2016, Capitol Choices agenda at 11:59PM on Thursday, September 8. Please remember to enter the title for your nomination in all capital letters, to include your name at the end of the nomination, and to add the age range at the end of the nomination since some of the email notifications do not include age range.
A fifteen-year-old boy is destined to be executed for arson and murder and everyone in town has an opinion. A haunting story, told through multiple perspectives, and based on an actual incident in Svenborg, Denmark, in 1853. A book for discussion. Translated from the Danish by Lindy Falk van Rooyen. (14 and up. K. Isaacs)
This is a unique biography by emphasizing what the main character, a strong woman, has accomplished by disagreeing rather then agreeing, with the status quo, with people's perceptions/expectations/prejudices. It is unusual to take what could be judged as a negative position but the subject, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is an unusual heroine, strong, independent, way before her time and still an important contributor to her profession and the laws of the land well into her 80s. The writing is insistent and the illustrations pointedly support the major themes. Informative in a creative way, making a strong case for this incredible woman.
When the first apple of the season falls, Faith is confident her Uncle Arthur will arrive to enjoy the "applesauce weather," even though his beloved wife, Lucy, recently passed. While he does show up, that magic twinkle in his eyes that appears before one of his infamous stories is gone. Frost's free verse story delves into the complicated feelings that come with a major loss and how happiness can be found in something as simple as a story. Meaghan McKeron. Seven to Ten.
Maggie is the middle of three sisters, and she has a lot to worry about. The murderer who killed someone at the local mini-mart. The rabbits who are being raised next door. Her parents, getting older, that things happen in evens. Lane's debut novel has an extremely strong interior voice and a childlike sense of things going on around Maggie. She uses descriptive language that is evocative, yet also feels like it could have come out of the mouth of an 11 year old. The older sister, Tana, is beautifully depicted as the older sister who is sometimes too big to "play" but sometimes enjoys being one of the kids. All the plot strands come together for a very satisfying conclusion. (10-14) Anonymous
Uncertain how to describe her own family to her classmates, a girl is reassured by their various answers to the teacher's question, and shares a moving statement by her foster mother.
Qin Leng's scribbly ink sketches, digitally painted, reveal personalities and feelings through body language. This is pointed but perfectly paced -- likely to be welcomed in themed reading units as well as story times in many libraries. KIsaacs (up to 7)
When book-loving Yasmin's favorite free library is threatened with shut down, a book from Book Uncle and words from her teacher prompt the 9-year-old to get involved in local politics. Set somewhere in India that isn't Mumbai, this is full of local color and enthusiasm for getting involved in politics as well as reading. (7-10) K. Isaacs
Across the country the opening of this unique and important museum of African American History and Culture will be a welcome and watched event. Tonya Bolden's book traces the history of the museum from its first suggestion in the early 19002 through political turmoil and arm wrestling. Issues like location, design and very importantly, gathering the contents help point out all of the important ingredients in the process of museum creation and exhibition. Clearly the book is meant to coincide with the opening of the museum but it has a more important message in terms of vision and dreams and how they become reality. Readers might consider what museum they would fight for and what they would want to exhibit.
Edie Ching (7-10)